Festival of Lights opens Friday night

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A tree lighting ceremony for Jasper's fifth annual Festival of Lights will be held Friday night.

Local sponsors have decorated 62 trees around the Walker County Courthouse square for the event.

Friday's ceremony will begin at 5 p.m., and the trees will be lit at 5:30 p.m. The event will end around 6:30 p.m.

Music will be provided by the Jasper Men's Chorale, the Maddox Intermediate School Sixth-Grade Choir, The Voice of the Vikings and Desperation Church. There will also be a human video by Hope for Women, LLC.

Santa and other characters will be there. Snow is also always in the forecast for downtown Jasper on the night of the tree lighting. 

The festival, which was inspired by Huntsville's Galaxy of Lights, has grown from 46 live Christmas tress in its inaugural year.

It serves as an annual fundraiser for Hope for Women, a year-long, faith-based discipleship program for women with life-controlling issues such as drugs, alcohol and depression.

Sponsors pay $250 for smaller trees and $500 for large trees. Proceeds benefit Hope for Women.

After Friday, the trees will be lit from dusk until midnight through the end of December.

In the event of rain, the festival will be cancelled.